October 1, 2023

House T.M.

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Guidelines to get the most essential area correct

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I obtained a issue from a reader asking me to share some shots and ideas about my kitchen.

She advised me she was in the center of a house revamp herself: “Congratulations on your beautiful residence.

“I have been wanting for illustrations or photos of your kitchen in all places. I enjoy it. I am in the middle of a renovation and would drastically value it if you would share some photographs of your kitchen area or even the supplies you made use of?”

Dear reader, thank you for your question and type text.

Jennifer Sheahan: ‘The kitchen area was the most essential spot for me to get ideal.’

As my reply grew in duration I realised I have a whole lot of ideas to share on kitchen style and so I made the decision to make it the subject for this week’s column.

The kitchen was the most essential place for me to get proper. Almost everything else in this area — the dwelling place, dining room, and backyard garden — was created after the kitchen had been finalised. I genuinely believe that the kitchen area is the coronary heart of the home.

I appreciate baking and cooking and so I spend a ton of time in it. I also set a great deal of believed into the layout and style, and so I hope you discover the pursuing valuable.


I was adamant that my kitchen area would not have overhead cabinets. In this modest region (my kitchen area is close to 6.5 square metres) I experience they would have made the space claustrophobic.

It was significant to me to have a perception of openness at eye degree so that the home felt larger and roomy.

This expected diligently setting up storage in the remaining room obtainable, which I will include afterwards.

There are no wall-mounted cupboards here.
There are no wall-mounted cabinets right here.

I also selected a down-draught extractor hob (Bora Pure — love it) so that I wouldn’t have to put in an overhead extractor admirer.

The temptation would have been to set in a classic U-shaped kitchen in opposition to the 3 walls here, which several kitchen area suppliers proposed as I was procuring all around, however that layout felt limited and cramped to me.

It also would have pressured me to reduce 1 of the sliding doorways, which carry so considerably light-weight and openness into this room, and which I enjoy to throw extensive open up in summertime to carry the outside the house in.

So soon after many iterations the excellent format was finally designed achievable, thanks to Dawn Guidera in Savvy Kitchens.

I have no overhead cupboards or extractors.

I have the peninsula which features exceptional countertop place and produces a separation from the eating region.

And that implies I can have my beautiful second sliding doorway to provide in all the lovely sunshine we get in this article in Eire. The compact space feels open up and airy with no getting missing features or storage.


Eschewing overhead cupboards meant becoming additional intelligent with the remaining place, and so in this article are my top rated guidelines for developing storage in the kitchen:

Go floor to ceiling

Assuming you never have more higher ceilings, it can make absolute feeling to fill the hole customarily left previously mentioned kitchen cupboards. 

Every square inch of space is considered.
Each and every sq. inch of room is deemed.

There is a good deal of available house left in excess of previously mentioned full-sized kitchen appliances this sort of as fridge freezers. This is the location to keep your lesser-used bulky goods — just recall to acquire a stepladder.

Use the corners

Corner models give lots of house, and pull-out Le Mans units are fantastic for giving simple accessibility to that uncomfortable location.

Attempt pocket doors

Pocket doors slide again into by themselves allowing for you straightforward access to shelves and supplemental countertop place. I cannot advise these remarkably sufficient.

Really do not disregard slender spaces

Most kitchen area models are regular dimensions, and so that can necessarily mean you close up with some gaps as these models are fitted into your place.

Typically these are panelled around but this is a waste.

I have a 10cm house beside my fridge which has as a substitute been turned into a broom cabinet, and I are unable to convey to you how a great deal stuff I am in a position to squeeze in below.

Use open up shelves

Fairly than remaining at the rear of shut cupboard doorways, I have open shelving for glassware and guides. I also have a peg rail above the hob which supplies hanging storage for goods this sort of as pots and pans, devoid of getting up house.


The design of my kitchen area was the past factor I deemed. I desired a daring color, and I needed a cottage experience well balanced with a modern model.

Experienced I the budget I would have picked out true wood panelling, but I didn’t, so I have alternatively mimicked the seem using MDF doors with a V-groove carved in. I also would have splashed out on stable wood cabinet interiors with dovetail joints, but again this was out of spending plan so I have extra MDF which does the job adequately.

My cabinets are painted with Railings by Farrow and Ball, and I also had the interiors of my pantry cabinets painted India Yellow (also by F&B) which adds an additional splash of color when opened. The paint is concluded with a matte top coat, which adds a sophisticated end and will make the panelling seem extra practical (I feel in any case).

My countertop is Delecatta Carrara Quartz (from Complete Household in Limerick via Savvy Kitchens).

Some say you just can’t use Cif or bleach on quartz but I’ve been applying both of those with abandon and so much so very good. It is a strong and effortless to clean up countertop and I’m extremely happy with it.

Other alternatives that I viewed as (out of my price range at the time) have been an engineered stone like Neolith — practically indestructible — or a polished terrazzo countertop.

Ultimately my kitchen backsplash is Zellige tiles from the Mosaic Manufacturing facility.

At first glance these might look difficult to clean up as the floor is uneven, but in fact they are great as there is hardly any grout between them and they have a smooth surface. I adore them!

My final tip on products is the sink — I have a standard stainless steel sink in gunmetal gray, and it is a desire to maintain clean up. I was talked out of having a lovely Belfast sink for this quite reason, for which I am now thankful.

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